46' Southampton get us underway for the second half! Brentford will be hoping they can involve Toney more in their second-half play. The frontman only touched the ball 25 times in that half, with no attempts on goal. Broja and Redmond on the other hand have been constantly causing trouble for the opposition defence. An entertaining half comes to a close, that sees Southampton with a deserved lead. Bednarek put the hosts in front with a near-post header, before Janelt levelled things up with a well-taken volley.
Striker Ivan Toney has 16 goal contributions in 18 league starts for Brentford. Cameroon international Bryan Mbeumo has five goal contributions in 20 league starts for Brentford. Midfielder James Ward-Prowse has seven goal contributions in 20 league starts for Southampton. Scotland international Che Adams has four goals in 17 starts for Southampton in the league.
It clatters the inside of the post and rebounds off Fernandez's right arm into the back of the net! 35' Romeu tries his luck with an ambitious effort from 30 yards, after being encouraged by the crowd, but can only cannon his effort straight into Jansson. 33' Chance! Southampton take a quick free-kick down the left and Perraud whips in a sumptuous ball across the six-yard box. It falls to Romeu, but he makes a hash of it and slices it comfortably over the bar. 31' Broja does well to beat his man on the right flank, and whips in a dangerous ball in towards the near post.
Brentford vs Southampton Prediction Brentford are currently eighth in the league and are six points behind fifth-placed Tottenham Hotspur, who have played a game more. The Bees are one of the best-run sides in the Premier League right now, and unlike many Premier League sides, they enjoyed a relatively quiet January window. German attacker Kevin Schade was signed on loan from Freiburg, but the 21-year-old is a long-term project who is expected to sign for Brentford on a permanent deal this summer. Apart from that, Brentford did well to hold on to important players like David Raya and Christian Norgaard. However, Spanish winger Sergi Canos, well-regarded among the Brentford faithful, moved to Olympiacos on loan.
56' Baptiste makes way for Wissa, who has six goals this season. 56' The Saints have retreated very deep since that third goal, with plenty of time still remaining. Brentford are enjoying more possession, but have yet to make anything of it. 55' Mbeumo feeds Janelt out wide to the left, who cuts inside with a deft turn, but then blazes his cross over everyone's head. 53' 'We'll sing on our own' sing the home support, as they witness their side score more than two for the first time at St. Mary's this season.
90' + 6' FULL-TIME: SOUTHAMPTON 4-1 BRENTFORD 90' + 4' Bednarek is now down on the pitch and receiving treatment, as this game draws to a close here. 90' + 2' Romeu surges forward towards the Brentford box, but just can't find Armstrong with his through-ball. He then clatters his opposite man late in the challenge, but the referee plays advantage as Brentford advance with possession. 90' The Southampton fans are loudly singing away as we approach the end of the 90 minutes here.
Forster comes out well and clears it for a throw-in however. 60' Brentford try a routine from a free-kick out wide. Norgaard comes short and passes it around the corner to Canos, who is offside. It's a decent opportunity wasted, and the home crowd let them know what they thought of it. 58' Jansson gives the ball away cheaply on the edge of his own area. Diallo does well to feed Romeu, who then returns the pass, but Diallo's effort is straight at the goalkeeper.